A vast country pub near Bristol could be turned into a six-bedroom house with its own bar.
Plans have been submitted to transform The Battleaxes in Wraxall, a 15-minute drive from Bristol, into a spacious single dwelling.
The Battleaxes closed when the first lockdown began in March 2020 and alarm bells started ringing for its regulars when it stayed shut as restrictions were eased.
It then emerged that its owners, Country Pub Group, entered administration in August – and two months later the pub was put on the market for £1million by leisure property specialists Fleurets.
Locals speculated as to what the future use of the building could be following the pub’s demise, and the answer could well be residential.
Portishead-based architects P.J Orchard have outlined their plans for the building on behalf of the applicants, Mr and Mrs Patel from Frampton Cotterell.
In their plans, P.J Orchard say there would be “no effect in loosing the building through change to residential (sic)” as “there are a number of licenced premises nearby”.
There would be no changes to the façade of the Grade II-listed building if plans are approved, the plans state, and “the development would not unacceptably harm the characteristics of the existing building or the character of its surroundings”.
Further, the proposals state the development would “not result in a significant adverse impact upon the living conditions of neighbouring residents”.
The Battleaxes was originally built as a temperance house for workers on The Tyntesfield Estate by Matilda Blanche Gibbs, widow of wealthy merchant William Gibbs, in 1881.
In September 2010 the pub was restored by the Flatcappers group, which spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on a renovation, before it was snapped up by the Country Pub Group in 2019.
But warning signs arose for the pub’s regulars when it received a zero food hygiene rating in December 2019, with North Somerset Council’s environmental health officers telling Country Pub Group ‘major improvements’ were needed.
Although the pub was awarded an improved hygiene rating of four by authority inspectors two months later, it closed in March when the UK-wide lockdown was announced, before the Country Pub Group entered administration.
The pub is still listed on Fleurets’ website with an asking price of £1million.
Bristol Live has contacted Fleurets to ask if the the property has been purchased by the applicants and is awaiting a response.